Many players struggle just to carve out an NBA career during their first season or two. However, once establishing themselves, they unlock new pathways and opportunities depending on their talent and production.

Whether it’s earning a max contract, a greater role or even just proving to be a “winning” player, life comes fast before earning veteran status.

In this 14th episode of TBW’s Basketball by Association podcast, Huw Hopkins joins Arky Shea and Joel C. Cordes to discuss those players featured in his recent “3 Key Youngsters That Must Take the Next Step” article.

Building off of that trio, the guys greatly expand the list to a slew of other young players who face similar opportunities and challenges.

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